From butter tea to latte, how Tawang is adapting to increasing tourism

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DailyO, June 06, 2018

I would have preferred butter tea, “local chai”, you know? This traditional Monpa tea made out of churpi (yak cheese) warms you in this chill,” smiles Tenzin. But not all tourists prefer the sharp smelling protein rich beverage. Instead coffee is quickly becoming the flavour of the picturesque small district in western Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang. 

Called the land of Monpas or Mon tribe bordering Bhutan in the west and China in the north, the border town of Tawang is now emerging as a major tourist destination of Northeast India. With it the Monpas fear a cultural erosion of their food habits and living. 

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Authors

Sourina Bej
Research Associate in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advance Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

Nasima Khatoon
Research Associate in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advance Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

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